Looking Ahead: Class of 2015 Overview

With James Franklin's first class at Penn State signed, we look ahead to project the numbers for the class of 2015.

James Franklin has inked his first recruiting class at Penn State, but the next cycle is already well underway.

Penn State signed a total of 20 prospects in its class of 2014. It also counted five recruits back to its class of 2013. That means PSU, still in the midst of NCAA sanctions, has 15 scholarships available to use in its 2015 cycle (according to the FOS SCHOLARSHIP MATRIX).

Of course, transfers, veterans opting out of a final season and the like are always in play, and Franklin and his staff will likely have more than 15 scholarships to hand out next February. We project the number will be around 20.

Here is how we see the scholarships being used. After Signing Day, we'll go into greater detail about the prospects who have a chance to fit in at each position.


QUARTERBACK

If Penn State feels incumbent Christian Hackenberg will turn pro after his junior season, then a quarterback in the next cycle would be ideal. The Lions already are keeping an eye on a few. But with three QBs already on 'ship this is not a position of serious need.
Projected Use: 0-1

RUNNING BACK

Despite signing three in the Class of 2014, just four scholarship backs will be on the roster come this time in 2015. Because of that alone, State won't sit quiet in the backfield in this cycle.
Projected Use: 1-2

RECEIVER

Ten receivers will work with wideouts coach Josh Gattis in camp this summer, and that number is only reduced by one after the season. Pass catchers are not a huge need in this cycle after a quality haul in 2014.
Projected Use: 1-2

TIGHT END

Another position that drops after next fall, Penn State will enter 2014 with five scholarship tight ends. That number dips to three by the start of the 2015 season, and thus, the Lions already have an offer out in this category.
Projected Use: 1

OFFENSIVE LINE

Using current numbers, Penn State would be hard pressed to set a two-deep along Herb Hand's offensive line in 2015. If the beef was missing from this class, it certainly will be plentiful in 2015.
Projected Use: 4-5

DEFENSIVE LINE

On the other side of the trenchES, the Lions could set a two-deep in 2015, but nothing more. If 2014 was the year of the jets, 2015 will be the year of the uglies.
Projected Use: 4-5

LINEBACKER

Is it quickly becoming evident that Penn State will be pinched for space as things currently stand? One inside and one outside ‘backer in 2014 without meaningful minutes from Gary Wooten last fall means linebacker will be another area of focus.
Projected Use: 2-3

DEFENSIVE BACK

Using current projected positions, State will have 13 secondary members to fill four starting spots. Suffice it to say, assuming the group that joined this February is ready to contribute in full next year, the secondary won't need to be an area of heavy focus.
Projected Use: 1-2

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